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Tuxedo Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

The Tuxedo Cocktail is simply amazing - if you love Gin that is. It is a real balance of the gutsy, real flavour of gin and the sheer delight an smoothness of Vermouth.

The Maraschino, Absinthe and Orange bitters simply add a richness, a subtleness and depth that is really mind blowing and a phenomenal Cocktail delight. We love this one and we think you will too.

  • 2x Shot Gin
  • 2x Shot Martini Vermouth
  • 3x Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
  • 1/4x Spoon Absinthe
  • 1/2x Spoon Maraschino
How to make one: 
  1. Place all the ingredients into a Boston Shaker over  ice
  2. Strain into a Coupe or Martini glass

Tuxedo Cocktail - how it began

The Founder of Saville Row, London and the invention of the Dinner Jacket has been credited to Henry Poole of Henry Poole and Co in 1860.

The smoking or dinner Jacket was specifically created for the Prince of Wales to lounge in at very informal dinners at Sandringham.  In 1860 James Potter from Tuxedo Park, Orange County, New York State, a wealthy business was visiting London and met The Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales invited Potter to Sandringham for an informal weekend. Whilst talking about dress code for the weekend, The Prince mentioned his newly made Smoking Jacket and said to Potter he could have one made by his own tailors - Henry Poole of 15 Saville Row; and this is what Potter did.

On returning to Tuxedo Park, Potter wore his newly acquired smoking jacket to his Tuxedo Club.  He soon became the talk of the town with members asking where they could get such a jacket? Many members got their own tailors to make replicas - so the Tuxedo or Tux was born in the USA and the tradition has carried on ever since.

Sadly the Cocktail is not named after James Potter nor his club. The Tuxedo Cocktail is an adaption from a 1882 recipe. Tuxedo in the 2010 census had a population of just 662 people down from 731 in the 2000 census!

Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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